May 21st, 2017 – 6th Sunday of Easter

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 May 21st, 2017

6th Sunday of Easter

 

“And whoever loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and reveal myself to him.”

 

Congratulations and God Bless

the Newly Confirmed Members

of Our Parish Family

Andrew  Cienciwa

Son of Michael & Allison Cienciwa

Joseph Conway

Son of Timothy & Anne Conway

Elizabeth Malecha

Daughter of Christopher & Stacie Malecha

Jenna Novak

Daughter of Anthony & Patricia Novak

Hunter Voracek

Son of Alan Voracek & Jean Troska

These students received the Sacrament of Confirmation

From Bishop Andrew H. Cozzens on Thursday, May 18th

at the Cathedral of St. Paul

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GOD BLESS OUR GRADUATES

Today we are honoring and celebrating

our Immaculate Conception Parish 2017 High School Graduates

at our 10:00AM Mass

We wish them well, & offer our prayers for their success in the future.

Mariah Hager

Daughter of Jon & Selena Hager

Skyler Harper

Son of Mark & Angie Harper

Luke Malecha

Son of Steve & Heather Malecha

Isaac Pint

Son of Greg & Marilyn Pint

Andy Sibenaller

Son of Mark & Nancy Sibenaller

Brookelyn Skluzacek

Daughter of Bruce & Lisa Skluzacek

AJ (Alan) Voracek

Son of Jean Troska & Alan Voracek

Kyle Yetzer

Son of Mike & Barb Yetzer

Faith is not knowing what the future holds, but knowing Who holds the future.

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We offer our special prayers and Congratulations to the following students,

who will graduate from HOLY CROSS CATHOLIC SCHOOL on Thursday, May 25, 2017

Larissa Anderson, daughter of Ron & Andrea Anderson

Joseph Cienciwa, son of Mike & Allison Cienciwa

Allie Heselton, daughter of Dan & Kelly Heselton

Joshua Kassa, son of Ron & Betty Kassa

Daniel King Jr, son of Dan & Lori King

Tyler Langford, son of Lance & Cheryl Langford

Rebecca Meger, daughter Leon & Rachel Meger

Katherine Moening, daughter of Mike & Sherry Moening

Karley Vochoska, daughter of Joel & Deanna Vochoska

Seth Weitzel, son of Jeff & Dawn Weitzel

 

May 14th, 2017 – 5th Sunday of Easter – Mother’s Day

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May 14th, 2017

5th Sunday of Easter

Mother’s Day

 

“Do not let your hearts be troubled.”

 

A Prayer for Mothers

Most Gracious Heavenly Father,

We thank You for our mothers to whom You have entrusted the care of every precious human life from its very beginning in the womb.

You have given to woman the capacity of participating with You in the creation of new life. Grant that every woman may come to understand the full meaning of that blessing, which gives her an unlimited capacity for selfless love for every child she may be privileged to bear, and for all Your children.

Watch over every mother who is with child, strengthen her faith in Your fatherly care and love for her and for her unborn baby. Give her courage in times of fear or pain, understanding in times of uncertainty and doubt, and hope in times of trouble. Grant her joy in the birth of her child.

To mothers You have given the great privilege and responsibility of being a child’s first teacher and spiritual guide. Grant that all mothers may worthily foster the faith of their children, following the example of Mary, Elizabeth, and other holy women who follow Christ. Help mothers to grow daily in knowledge and understanding of Your Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, and grant them the wisdom to impart this knowledge faithfully to their children, and to all who depend upon them.

Assist all “spiritual mothers”, those who, though they may have no children of their own, nevertheless selflessly care for the children of others — of every age and state in life. Grant that they may know the joy of fulfilling this motherly calling of women, whether in teaching, nursing, religious life, or in other work which recognizes and fosters the true dignity of every human being created in Your image and likeness.

We beseech You to send Your Holy Spirit, the Comforter, to all mothers who sorrow for children that have died, are ill or estranged from their families, or who are in trouble or danger of any kind. Help grieving mothers to rely on Your tender mercy and fatherly love for all your children.

We ask your blessing on all those to whom You have entrusted motherhood. May Your Holy Spirit constantly inspire and strengthen them. May they ever follow the example of Mary, mother of Our Lord, and imitate her fidelity, her humility, and her self-giving love. May all mothers receive Your Grace abundantly in this earthly life, and may they look forward to eternal joy in Your presence in the life to come.

We ask this through our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen.

Happy Mother’s Day. May God bless you, as you have blessed us!

May 7, 2017 – 4th Sunday of Easter

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May 7th, 2017

4th Sunday of Easter

World Day of Prayer for Vocations

 

“I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly.”

 

 

Welcome To The Table of the Lord

 

Congratulations

To the following children who are receiving their

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION

Today, Sunday, May 7, 2017at the 10:00 AM Mass

 

Cora Crow

Daughter of Jason & Roxanne Crow

Lilly Duban

Daughter of Brian & Patricia Duban

Blake Durbin

Son of Robert & Pamela Durbin

Kirra Flicek

Daughter of Joseph & Jamie Flicek

Brandon Geer

Son of Shannon & Kristen Geer

Abigail Grant

Daughter of Jeffrey & Heather Grant

Andrew Hauge

Son of Joel & Amber Hauge

Kellen Jirik

Son of Michael & Margaret Jirik

Karson Keilen

Son of Nathan & Amy Keilen

Garid Meyer

Son of Tad & Nan Meyer

Gabriella Pavek

Daughter of Joseph & Sarah Pavek

Annie Rynda

Daughter of Allen & Kimberly Rynda

Milo Simon

Son of Paul & Cassy Simon

Landen Walgrave

Son of Brad & Halle Walgrave

April 30, 2017 – 3rd Sunday of Easter

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April 30, 2017

3rd Sunday of Easter

 

“Were not our hearts burning within us

while he spoke to us on the way and opened the Scriptures to us?”

 

NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER

Thursday, May 4th, 2017

 

People of faith across the nation will join in intercessory prayer for our governmental leaders, local communities, and the most vulnerable among us.

As Catholic Christians, Jesus invites all of us to be vibrant witnesses of trust in God and love for one another.

All are asked to be a part of this landmark day!

 

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A PRAYER FOR OUR NATION

God our Father, Giver of life,

we entrust the United States of America to Your loving care.

You are the rock on which this nation was founded.

You alone are the true source of our cherished rights

to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Reclaim this land for Your glory

and dwell among Your people.

Send Your Spirit to touch the hearts of our nation´s leaders.

Open their minds to the great worth of human life

and the responsibilities that accompany

human freedom.

Remind Your people that true happiness is rooted in seeking and doing Your will.

Through the intercession of Mary Immaculate, Patroness of our land,

grant us the courage to reject the “culture of death.”

Lead us into a new life.

We ask this through Christ Our Lord.

Amen.

 

 

April 23, 2017 – 2nd Sunday of Easter – Divine Mercy Sunday

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April 23, 2017

2nd Sunday of Easter

Divine Mercy Sunday

 

“Receive the Holy Spirit.

Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained.”

 

It is one thing to doubt the fact that Jesus is risen, as Thomas did. We, however, are more likely to doubt the power flowing from that Resurrection, — a power that can keep us from sin. Today is Divine Mercy Sunday, but mercy is not to be confused with presumption or permission to sin. In fact, it is precisely in giving us commandments that, as the second reading tells us, “are not burdensome,” that God shows his mercy. It is not simply our weakness that “God understands.” He understands, first of all, our need of him, and the fact that we flourish only by living a life in union with his will. Therefore, his mercy provides us with every ounce of strength we need to actually fulfill the commandments, which is the same as to fulfill the demands of love.

Love has concrete demands, beginning with a reverence and absolute respect for one another’s lives, and the lives of the weakest and most vulnerable in our midst. Actions that deliberately take innocent human life are always contrary to love. Yet “his commandments are not burdensome,” because by our faith in his Resurrection, we have the power to love as he loves, even to the point of sacrificing ourselves as he sacrificed himself.

Thomas found the strength to believe when he returned to the unity of the Church. Perhaps when Thomas was missing on Easter night, he was out looking for Jesus on his own. After all, he was the kind of person who wanted to see for himself. But he actually found Jesus only when he returned to be with Peter and the other apostles. We too will find the strength to believe, to carry out the commandments, and to respect every human life, when we maintain close unity with the Church, the community of believers built on the apostles.                       

                                    – Priests for Life

 

April 16, 2017 – Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord

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April 16, 2017

Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord

 

“Christians, praise the Paschal Victim!

Offer thankful sacrifice!

Christ the Lamb has saved the sheep,

Christ the just one paid the price, reconciling sinners to the Father”.

 

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Lord, As we gather together as family and friends

we invite you into our lives.

May the hope of Your Resurrection

fill our days.

May the promise of your spirit working in us

light up our lives.

May the love you revealed to us

shape our giving.

May the truth in Your Word

guide our journeys,

And may the joy of Your Kingdom

fill our homes.

We thank you for all the wonderful blessings

we now enjoy,

And celebrate Your Glorious Resurrection.

Thank you Lord.

Amen.

Food for Kidz Packaging Event May 4 2017

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We are once again hosting a packaging event for Food for Kidz.

When?

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Where?

The Crusader Civic Center in Lonsdale

What Time?

Two shifts:
4 – 5:30pm    &    5:30 – 7pm

No sign up needed!
Come when you can; leave when you need to!

We hope you are able to come! When you do, please bring your cash/check donation with you to cover the cost of food. If you are unable to come, please mail your tax-deductible donation to:

Food for Kidz
c/o Immaculate Conception Parish
PO Box 169
Lonsdale, MN  55046

Checks can be made payable to Food for Kidz

100% of the money raised is used to buy food!!

The mission of Food for Kidz is to package and distribute nutritious meals to hungry children and their families where crisis has struck and there is an immediate need. People like you, coming together with friends and family to package food, donate money and offer compassion MAKE A DIFFERENCE. Change has to start somewhere, and it’s often with the simplicity of a meal.

Please see the flyer for more details and pass on the word!

Sponsored by the Parish Pastoral Council

April 9, 2017 – Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord

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April 9, 2017

Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord

“Hosanna to the Son of David;

blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord; hosanna in the highest”

 

 

The Cross

They brought him to the place of Golgotha (Place of the Skull). They gave him wine drugged with myrrh, but he did not take it. Then they crucified him.… It was nine o’clock in the morning when they crucified him. (Mark 15:22–23, 25).

When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him and the criminals there, one on his right, and the other on his left. [Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”] (Luke 23:33–34a)

So they took Jesus, and carrying the cross himself he went out to what is called the Place of the Skull, in Hebrew, Golgotha. There they crucified him, and with him two others, one on either side, with Jesus in the middle.… When the soldiers had crucified Jesus, they took his clothes and divided them into four shares, a share for each solider. (John 19:16b–18, 23a)

In the ancient world, there was no punishment more painful, terrifying, and dehumanizing than the cross.

It is not simply that Jesus died or even that he was put to death by corrupt people; it was that he endured the death reserved only for the lowest and most despised.

We are the inheritors of centuries of artwork and piety that present the cross as a moving religious symbol. We wear it as jewelry, and we hang it on the walls of our homes as a decoration.

But for the men and women of Jesus’ time, a person condemned to this manner of execution would be stripped, nailed or tied to a cross-bar fitted into a stake, and then left for hours, or in many cases days, to suffer the excruciating pain of very slowly asphyxiating while rocking up and down on wounded hands and feet in order to breathe.

The mocking of the crucified, which is frankly described in the Gospels, was part of the execution. When finally the tortured criminal died, his body was allowed to remain on the cross for days, permitting animals to pick over his remains. Jesus’ rapid burial was exceptional, a favor specially offered to Joseph of Arimathea, a high-ranking Jewish official.

To be sure, the Gospel proclaimed by the first Christians involves the glorious resurrection, but those initial evangelists never let their hearers forget that the one who had been raised was none other than the one who had been crucified.

So what exactly is happening on the cross? Why could God not simply have pronounced a word of forgiveness from heaven and dispensed with all of the blood and horror of the crucifixion?

The scriptural authors understand sin not so much as a series of acts, but as a condition in which we are stuck, something similar to an addiction or a contagious disease.

A mere word of forgiveness, uttered from the safety of heaven, would never have affected the needed transformation. No amount of merely human effort could possibly solve the problem.

Some power has to come from outside of us in order to clean up the mess; something awful has to be done on our behalf in order to offset the awfulness of sin. With this biblical realism in mind, we can begin to comprehend why the crucifixion of the Son of God was necessary.

Something had to be done—and God alone could do it. On that terrible cross, Jesus took upon himself the worst of humanity and swallowed it up in the ever greater divine mercy.

 

Jesus’s Passion and death are not the end;

they point to the joy of the Resurrection.

“By His wounds, we were healed” (Isaiah 53:5)

April 2, 2017 – 5th Sunday of Lent

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April 2, 2017

5th Sunday of Lent

“Lazarus, come out!”

And God Said “No”

I asked God to take away my pride, And God said “No.”

He said it was not for Him to take away, But for me to give up.

I asked God to make my handicapped child whole, and God said, “No.”

He said her spirit is eternal, While her body is only temporary.

I asked God to grant me patience, And God said, “No.”

He said patience is a by-product of tribulation. It isn’t granted – it is earned.

I asked God to give me happiness, And God said “No.”

He said He gives blessings, Happiness is up to me.

I asked God to spare me pain, And God said “No.”

He said, “Suffering draws you apart from Worldly cares and brings you close to Me.”

I asked God to make my spirit grow, And God said “No.”

He said I must grow on my own, But he will prune me to make it fruitful.

I asked God if He loved me, And God said “Yes.”

He gave me His only Son, who died for me,

And I will be in heaven someday Because I believe.

I asked God to help me love others As much as He loves me,

And God said, “Ah, finally you have the idea.”

  -Claudia Minden Welsz

 

 

March 26, 2017 – 4th Sunday of Lent

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March 26, 2017

4th Sunday of Lent

 

“I came into this world for judgement, so that those who do not see might see…”

 

WHERE THE ARCHDIOCESE NOW STANDS

IN THE BANKRUPTCY PROCESS

 

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

One year ago this month, Pope Francis bestowed on me the honor and responsibility of leading this Archdiocese. You may recall that it was a time of considerable uncertainty and unrest. We were trying to make sense of unspeakable harms that occurred over many decades. The abuse crisis had led to resignations, other personnel changes and legal challenges. There was a call for justice and a need for healing, reform and action.

Since arriving in our Archdiocese, I have come to know this local Church and many of you and I consider that a blessing. I want to take a few moments to offer some updates, seek your advice, and express my gratitude.

First, I can assure you that through consultation and purposeful corrective actions, and with an unwavering commitment to improve, we are together building a healthier, more responsive and more accountable local Church. Your prayers have undoubtedly been a huge part of that.

As you may recall, just over a year ago, the Archdiocese entered into a Settlement Agreement with the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office relating to the protection of children. Since then, the Archdiocese has been periodically reporting on our progress in Ramsey County Court. Not only have we been found to have complied with the spirit and letter of the Agreement, but the Archdiocese has been commended for our cooperative work with the county attorney’s office  and others  to protect children.

Over the past few months, many of you have asked about our remaining legal challenge: bankruptcy. You want to know if the Archdiocese is doing everything it can to ensure that those who were harmed receive fair compensation. You have also asked how your parish and the entire local Church will survive this and continue with their missions.

I can assure you that our goal has been to provide fair compensation as soon as possible. We have liquidated possessions, sold buildings, collected other assets, and negotiated with insurance carriers. We have managed to gather more than $155 million, all with the hope of compensating claimants and finally bringing an end to the bankruptcy.

We know that those who have been harmed deserve justice sooner rather than later, and we realize that prolonged litigation works counter to our desire to maximize the amount available for victims because legal fees and costs, which are already substantial and grow the longer this goes on, reduce the proceeds available to victims. We also know how that the uncertainties of the ongoing litigation have made it difficult for many of our parishes and parishioners to stay focused on our mission. Please join me in praying that the matter might soon be brought to a resolution.

At the same time, I ask for your continued prayers for those who have suffered abuse. I can attest that many have suffered in silence for a long, long time. It may be someone sitting next to you at Mass, on the bus or a train, or at your family dining table. We want to create welcoming environments for those who have been harmed while embedding into our culture the changes necessary to create the safest possible environments for all.

If you know of a way that our Church could do more to help, please let me know. Reach out in whatever way is best for you. We want your advice. My contact information is at the bottom of this letter.

I thank you. We are, together, setting a new course. To be sure, we have much work ahead. But, through your efforts, this local Church is positioned to accomplish so many positive things and to continue the vital acts of service it performs every day. In taking stock of where we have been, where we are now and where we are headed, I am most grateful for our present opportunities. God willing  and with your help  we will continue moving toward a better future.

May God bless you and your families.

Sincerely in Christ,

Most Reverend Bernard A. Hebda, Archbishop of Saint Paul and Minneapolis

777 Forest St. | St. Paul, MN 55106 | T: 651.291-4400 | F: 651.290.1629 | www.archspm.org | archbishop@archspm.org